ALEXANDER ERIC (ST).alexander-eric

Galesburg, Illinois. 4/8/1968.

A iniziato a studiare musica classica, nel 1986 si è dedicato al sax alto con Eugene Rousseau alla Indiana University. Successivamente è passato a studiare il sax tenore, si è trasferito alla William Paterson University dove ha approfondito gli studi con Joe Lovano. Si è reso famoso quando è giunto secondo, dietro Joshua Redman, al Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, e ha così registrato il suo primo album. Ottimo sassofonista, i suoi punti di riferimento sono Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Jordan, Gene Ammons ed in particolare George Coleman. Sassofonista in possesso di un suono caldo e corposo, fa parte dei musicisti della nuova generazione particolarmente dotati, chiamati anche “negri bianchi”, per la loro particolare qualità di improvvisatori ed interpreti di composizioni in linea con il bob riformista iniziato negli anni ’60.


Straight Up.Straight Up.

John Rotondki (tp) Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) John Weber (b) George Fludas (dr).

Straight Up / What Are Doing The Rest Of Your Life / Be My Love / Blues Waltz / Laura / An Oscar For Treadwell / End Of A Love Affair / Love Is A Many Splendor Thing.

(Delmark 461).

Chicago, 21-22 Agosto 1992.


New York Calling.New York Calling.

John Swana (tp-flic) Eric Alexander (st) Richard Wyands (p) Peter Washington (b) Kenny Washington (dr).

One For M / Here’s That Rainy Day / The Moving Blues / Then I’ll Be Tired Of You / Swedish Schnapps / Wives And Lovers / Skylark / In The Still Of The Night.

(Criss Cross 1077).

New York, 20-12-92.


Eric Alexander, Lin Halliday (st) Jodie Christian (p) Dan Shaperab) Wilbur Campbell (dr).

The Eternal Triangle / The Bird / Medley: Polka Dots And Moonbeams – Old Folks / Speak Low / Like Someone In Love / The Night Has A Thousand Eyes / Stablemates.

(Delmark DE 488).

Chicago, 12-8-93.


Up Over & Out.Up Over & Out.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) John Ore (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Up Over & Out / The Nearmess Of You / Eronel / Flying Fish / Blues For Mabe / I Remember Clifford / Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues Are.

(Delmark DE 476).

Chicago, 18-19 Agosto 1993.


Full Range.Full Range.

John Swana (tp) Eric Alexander (st) Peter Bernstein (g) Kenny Barron (p) Peter Washington (b) Carl Allen (dr).

To The Chief / The Link / Darn That Dream / Number Three / People Will Say We’re In Love / Song Of Her / Night Mist Blues / A Beautiful Friendship.

(Criss Cross 1098).

New York, 3-1-94.


Eric Alexander In Europe.Eric Alexander In Europe.

Eric Alexander (st) Melvin Rhyne (org) Bobby Broom (g) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

What A Difference A Day Made / The Edge / Stay On It / To be With You / Trippin’ / Spank That Pig / Goo Morning Heartache / That’s All.

(Criss Cross 1114).

Monster, Olanda, 10-4-95.


Two Of A Kind.Two Of A Kind.

Eric Alexander (st) Cecil Payne (sb) David Hazeltine (p) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

I Can’t Get Started / Cecil’s Slide / Kick-A-Poco.

Stesso gruppo senza Payne.

Pentimento / Mr. Harris / Angel Eyes / Beautiful Things.

(Criss Cross 1133). New York, 15-12-96.

Man With A Horn.Man With A Horn.

Eric Alexander (st) Cedar Walton (p) Dwayne Burno (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Man With A Horn / Unsung Hero / A Time For Love / My Shining Hour / Stars Fell On Alabama / Fiesta spanola.

Stesso gruppo con Jim Rotundi (tp) e Steve Davis (tb).

G.C.C.J. / Midnight Waltz / I Found You.

(Milestone MCD 9293). New York, 20-21 Gennaio 1997.

Too Soon To Tell.Too Soon To Tell.

Jim Rotundi (tp-flic) Steve Davis (tb) Eric Alexander (st) David Hazeltine (p) Peter Washington (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Betcha By Golly Wow / Capatain’s Song.

Stesso gruppo senza Rotundi.

Too Soon To Tell / Alfie / Stranger Than Fiction / Dedicated To You / Blues For All / Visionary.

(Sharp Nine 1006 CD9). Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 25-2-97.

Alexander The Great.Alexander The Great.

Jim Rotondi (tp-flic) Eric Alexander (st) Charlese Earland (org) Peter Bernstein (g) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Burner’s Waltz / Let’s Stay Together / God Bless The Child / Explosion / Through The Fire / Soft Winds / Born To The Blue / Carrot Cake.

(High Note HCD 7013).

Englewood Cliffs, 8-5-97.


Mode For Mabes.Mode For Mabes.

Jim Rotundi (tp-flic) Steve Davis (tb) Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) John Webber (b) George Fludas (dr).

Mode For Mabes / Sugar Ray / For Heaven’s Sake / Erik The Red / Love Thy Neighbor / Stay Straight / Stairway To The Stars / Naima /

(Delmark DE-500).

Chicago, 20-21 Maggio 1997.


Heavy Hitters.Heavy Hitters.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Maber (p) Peter Washington (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Mr.Stitt / This One’s For My Love / Rakin’& Scrapin’ / Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry / On A Slow Boat To China / If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You / Esther’s Step / Maybe September / Mr.Johnson.

(Alfa Jazz ALJB 7505).

Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 17-18 Dicembre 1997.



Jim Rotondi (tp) Eric Alexander (st) John Hicks (p) George Nraz (b) Idriz Muhammad (dr).

Little Melonae / Straight Street.

Stesso gruppo con Joe Locke (vib) meno Rotondi.

Fire Waltz / Theme For Ernie / Four / Star Crossed / My Conception / Light Blue.

(Milestone MCD 9283). New York, 25-4 e 1-5-98.

Live At The Keystone.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) Nat Reeves (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

The Bee Hive / Maybe September / In The Still Of The Night / Edward Lee / A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square / Stan’s Shuffle.

(Videoarts Music VACM 1144). Harajuku, Tokyo, 4-5 Marzo 1999.

One The All.One The All.

Jim Rotondi (tp-flic) Steve Davis (tb) Eric Alexander (st) David Hazeltine (p) Peter Washington (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

D’s Blues / Perspective / We All Love Eddie Harris / Epitome / Just By Myself / John Coltrane / Blues For Joe Don / Upwand And Onward.

(Criss Cross 1211).

New York, 14-6-99.


The First Milestone.The First Milestone.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) Pat Martino (g) Peter Washington (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Stand / The First Milestone / The Towering Inferno / The Phineas Trane.

Stesso gruppo senza Martino.

34 Was Sweetness (Fro Walter Payton) / Night Song / Last Night When We Were Young / I’m Glad There Is You.

(Milestone MCD 9302). New York, 3-4 Novembre 1999.

The Second Milestone.The Second Milestone.

Jim Rotondi (tp) Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) Peter Washington (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

The Man From Hyde Park / Luna Naranja / The Cliffs Of Asturias.

Stesso gruppo senza Rotondi.

Matcmaker Matchmaker / The Second Milestone / Moment To Moment / Estate / John Neely Beautiful People.

(Milestone MCD 9315). Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Dicembre 2000.

Summit Meeting. Summit Meeting.

Nicholas Payton (tp-flic) Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Summit meeting / The sweetest sounds / There but for the grace of / I haven’t got anything better to do / A house is not a home / This girl’s in love with you / Something’s gotta give / Andre’s turn / After the rain.

(Milestone MCD-9322).

New York, 19-20 Dicembre 2001.


Nightlife In Tokyo. Nightlife In Tokyo.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) Ron Carter (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Nemesis / I can dream, can’t I? / Nightlife in Tokyo / I’ll be around / Cold smoke / Island / Big R.C. / Lock up and bow out.

(Milestone MCD-9330).

New York, 19-12-2002.


Gentle Ballads. Gentle Ballads.

Eric Alexander (st) Mike LeDonne (p) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

The midnight sun will never set / Left alone / Gently / Here’s to life / Midnight sun / Harlem nocturne / Soul eyes / Under a blanket of blue / Stormy weather / Chelsea bridge / Harlem nocturne II.

(Venus TKCV-35335).

New York, 1-2 Marzo 2004.


Wailin’: Reeds and Deeds. Wailin'

Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart (st) David Hazeltine (p) Peter Washington (b) Kenny Washington (dr).

Somewhere in the night / Stand pat / Big RC / Born to be blue / That’s Earl, brother / Russian lullaby / The shadow of your smile / Scotch thing.

(Criss Cross 1258).

Brooklyn, NY, 20-4-2004.


Dead Center. Dead Center.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

One for Steve / Sonrisa / Almost like being in love / It’s magic / A few miles from Memphis / Search for peace / Dead center / I could have danced all night.

(HighNote HCD7131).

Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 10-6-2004.


Sunday In New York.Sunday In New York.

Eric Alexander (st) John Hicks (p) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Sunday in New York / Avotcja / Dearly beloved / Like someone in love / Watch what happens / My girl is just enough for me / Alone together / My romance.

(Venus TKCV-35350).

New York, 18-3-2005.


The Battle – Live At Smoke.The Battle

Vincent Herring (sa) Eric Alexander (st) Mike LeDonne (p) John Webber (b) Carl Allen (dr).

Blues up and down / Road song / Firm roots / Ritual dance / Shirley’s song / Eleven long years.

(HighNote HCD7137).

Live “Smoke Jazz Club”, New York, 1-2 Aprile 2005.


It’s All In Game.It’s All In Game.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) Nat Reeves (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Where Or When / Typhoon 11 / Where Is The Love / It’s All In The Game / Open And Shut / Ruby My Ddear / Little Lucas / Bye Bye Baby.

(High Note HCD 7148).

Englewood Cliffs, 29-7-2005.


Gentle Ballads, Vol.2.Gentle Ballads, Vol.2.

Eric Alexander (st) Mike LeDonne (p) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr)

Mona Lisa / I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) / Funny / I’m a Fool to Want You / Li’l Darlin’ / The Look of Love / My Ship / Who Can I Turn To / Time After Time.


22 Marzo 2006.


Gentle Ballads III.Gentle Ballads III.

Eric Alexander (st) Mike LeDonne (p) John Webber (b) Joe Fransworth (dr).

Little Girl Blues / Don’t Explain / All The Way / Summertime / You’ll Be Mine Tonight / They Say It’s Wonderful / Killing Me Softly With His Song / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.

(Venus VHCD 1011).

New York, 22-11-2007


Prime Time, In Concert.Prime Time, In Concert.

Eric Alexander (st) David Hazeltine (p) John WEbber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr)

Blues Like / One for Steve / Little Lucas / Pearls / Some Other Time / We All Love Eddie Harris / Nemesis / Pearls / One for Steve / Nemesis / Little Lucas / Blues Like / We All Love Eddie Harris / Yasashiku (Gently) / First Impression / Prime Time.


22 Aprile 2007.

Live At Marians.Live At Marians.

Eric Alexander (st) Stewy von Wattenwyl (p) Reggie Johnson (b) Kevin Chesham (dr)

Fried Pies / Moments Notice / All The Way / Terrestris / Very Early / Sonnymoon For Two / On The Trail / Stan’s Shuffle.

(Bemsha Music 902)

Gennaio 2008.


Lazy Afternoon Gentle Ballads Vol.4.Lazy Afternoon Gentle Ballads Vol.4.

Eric Alexander (st) Mike LeDonne (p) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr)

Feeling’ Good / Lazy Afternoon / When Love Was New / Slow Hot Wind / My Funny Valentine / Goodbye / When We Were One / The Good Life / Angel Eyes / Blue Gardenia.

(Venus Japan)



Revival Of The Fittest.Revival Of The Fittest.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) Nat Reeves (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr)

Revival / My Grown-Up Christmas List / The Island / Too Late Fall Back Baby / Love-Wise / Blues for Phineas / You Must Believe in Spring / Yasashiku (Gently).


14 e 28 Aprile 2009.


Don’t Follow The Crowd.Don't Follow The Crowd.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) Nat Reeves (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr)

Nomor Senterbress / She’s Out of My Life / Footsteps / Charade / Don’t Misunderstand / Remix Blues / Don’t Follow the Crowd / Cavatina [From The Deer Hunter].

(Highnote CD 7220)

Englewood Cliffs, 4 Novembre 2010.


Chim Chim Cheree.Chim Chim Cheree.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr)

You Don’t Know What Love Is / Dear Lord / On a Misty Night / Chim Chim Cheree / Pursuance / Afro Blue / The Night has a Thousand Eyes / Wise One.

(Venus Jazz)




Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr).

Touching / Gone Too Soon / The Way She Makes Me Feel / Dinner for One Please, James / Central Park West / I’m Glad There Is You / The September of My Years / Oh Girl.

(Highnote HCD 7248)

Englewood Cliffs, 22 Ottobre 2012.


In The Spirit Of Coltrane And Cannonball.

Eric Alexander (st) Vincent Herring (sa) Harold Mabern (p) Milan Nikolic (b) Joris Dudli (dr)

The Adventures Of Hyun Joo Lee [5:20] / Dancin’ Fritz [6:38] / The Booking Agent [7:51] / The Way He Makes Me Feel [4:42] / Rakin’ And Scrapin’ [3:47] / Edward Lee [6:08] / You Got Soul [7:15] / Koba’s Delight [8:12]

(Yanagisawa Records) Europa, 29-30 Ottobre 2012.


Friendly Fire.Friendly Fire.

Eric Alexander (st) Vincent Herring (as) Mike LeDonne (p) John Webber (b) Carl Allen (dr)

Pat ‘n’ Chat / Sukiyaki / Inception / Dig Dis / You’ve Changed / Here’s That Rainy Day / Mona Lisa / Timothy.




Chicago Fire.Chicago Fire.

Eric Alexander (st) Joe Farnsworth (dr) Harold Mabern (p) John Webber (b)

Save Your Love for Me / The Bee Hive / Eddie Harris / Just One of Those Things / Blueski for Vonski / Mr.Stitt / You Talk That Talk / Don’t Take Your Love from Me.

(Highnote HCD 7262)

Englewood Cliffs, 26 Novembre 2013.


The Real Thing.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) Pat Martino (g) John Webber (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr)

The Real Thing [6:23] / Pure Pat [6:40] / Summertime [6:43] / The Night Has A Thousand Eyes [9:56] / Little Boat [5:57] / For George And Trane [5:50] / Sleep Warm [6:15] / The Chief [5:59]

(HighNote HCD 7278)

Englewood Cliffs, 2 Aprile 2015.

Second Impression.

Eric Alexander (st) Harold Mabern (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Joe Farnsworth (dr)

Second Impression [6:20] / So Many Stars [5:43] / Blues For Mo [5:17] / Jennie’s Dance [5:54] / Secret Love [7:31] / T-Bone Steak [6:06] / Frenzy [6:00] / Everything Happens To Me [6:34] / Full House [5:21]

(HighNote HCD 7296)

Paramus N.J., 14 Marzo 2016.

Song Of No Regrets.

Eric Alexander (st,org) Jon Faddis, Joshua Bruneau (tr) David Hazeltine (p) John Webber (b) Alex Diaz (perc) Joe Farnsworth (dr)

But Here’s The Thing [6:11] / These Three Words [5:59] / Grinder [5:48] / Corazon Perdido [2:54] / Mas Que Nada [6:44] / Boom Zoom [7:27] / Song Of No Regrets [5:31] / Cede’s Shack [7:19] / Up, Up And Away [7:10]

(HighNote ‎HCD 7311)

8s Recording Studio, Paramus, NJ, 12 Giugno 2017.

Is That So?.

Eric Alexander (st) Wayne Kelly (p) Ashley Turner (b) Andrew Dickeson (dr)

Is That So? [5:58] / For All We Know [9:56] / On The Trail [5:39] / The Surrey With The Fringe On Top [6:53] / To Love And Be Loved [6:35] / The Man I Love [5:44] / Invitation [11:30] / Little Boat (O Barquinho) [6:59] / Iron Man [7:50]

(Not On Label)

Electric Avenue Studios, Sydney, 2 Ottobre 2017.chiusura


Valido sassofonista e flautista molto dinamico emerso nella metà degli anni ’70. Musicista che si esprime con disinvoltura anche nel soul-jazz, nel rhythm-and-blues, oltre che nel blues e nell’hard bop.


Sunshine Man.Sunshine Man.

Harold Alexander (ss-fl) Neal Vreque (p/el) Richard Davis (b) Bernard Pretty Purdie (dr) Richard Landrum (conga).

Sunshine Man / Quick City / Tite Rope / Mama Soul / Aquilla / Clean Up / Quick City Revisited (alt take).

(Flying Dutchman 10145).

New York, 27-28 Maggio 1971.


Are You Ready.Are You Ready.

Harold Alexander (ss-fl) Neal Vreque (p/el) Richard Davis (b) Bernard Pretty Purdie (dr) Richard Landrum (conga).

Watermellon Man / High Heel Sneakers.

(Flying Dutchman FD 10148).

Montreux Jazz Festival, 18-6-71.


Raw Root.Raw Root.

Harold Alexander, Richard Clay (fl) George Cables (p) Dennis Heaven (b/el) Leny White (dr) Tequila (vc).

The Black Magician / Lady Euphoria.

(Atlantic SD 1657). New York, 1974.

Harold Alexander (fl-ss) Joe Bonner (p-org) Junior Hanson (g) Richard Davis (b/el) Brian Brake (dr) Billy Alessi (synt) Something Different (vc) percussionista non identificato.

Down Home / Country Soul / Sandy’s Love / Street Life / New York Sister / Raw Root.

(Atlantic SD 1657). New York, 1974.chiusura


Sassofonista influenzato dal bop e dallo swing. Conosciuto per aver diretto un suo quintetto nel 1960, il “Blue Jubilee”.


Blue Jubilee.joe alexander blue jubilee

Joe Alexander (st) Bobby Timmons (p) Sam Jones (b) Al heath (dr).

Blue Jubilee / Weird Beard / I’ll Close My Eyes / Brown’s Town / Terri’s Blues.

(Jazzland JLP 23).

New York, 20-6-60.chiusura


Italia, 21/11/1865. – New Orleans, 1950.

E’ ritenuto il primo emigrante italiano ad aver fatto parte del mondo del jazz. Attivo nelle street parade di New Orleans, ha fatto parte della Reliance Brass Band e nelle dance bands di Johnny Provenzano, Natt Dominick e Joe Barocco.chiusura


Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1917.

Voce gospel di Los Angeles, è stato famoso tra gli anni ’30 e’40. Ha fatto parte dei Pilgrin Travellers, i Sam Cooke’s Soul Stirrers.chiusura


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